'It's the only thing I ever want to do' - Kiwi teen hoping to become motorsport's next big thing

With Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley's driving in Formula One this season, it might not be too long until the motorsport world is graced by another New Zealand born talent.

At the age of 15, Pukekohe native Liam Lawson is proving every bit a star turn as the likes of Hartley and Scott Dixon, this year taking out the New Zealand Formula Ford title, with an astonishing 14 from 15 races.

Lawson then headed to Australia, taking part in his first season in Formula 4, finishing second to cement his status as a rising star.

"I've had a lot of conversations about what I would do if I wasn't racing - and I have no idea what I'd do," Lawson told 1 NEWS.

"It's the only thing I ever want to do."

Lawson's successes have also caught the eye of New Zealand motorsport legend, Ken Smith - the mentor of Brendon Hartley - who likes what he sees in the youngster.

"It's either born in you, you can do it, or you can't," he said.

"You see a lot of kids that drive and they go good, but there's ones that are exceptional - and he's exceptional."

So with the likes of Hartley and Dixon helping put New Zealand motorsport on the map in recent times, hopefully it won't be too long before Liam Lawson can add his name to the list of Kiwis to shine on racing's biggest stages.

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